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Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2009 - 09:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD GPU owners who happen to be fans of racing sims had a nasty surprise waiting for them with the arrival of Need for Speed SHIFT. They took a big performance hit compared to similar nVIDIA GPUs, enough that the attention of both AMD and EA's attention. Thus the pending release of the second patch, specifically designed to improve the performance of AMD cards along with a beta of Catalyst 9.12, tantalizingly labelled Hemlock, arrived on [H]ard|OCP's door. Check ou
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2009 - 07:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to click on the link at the top of the page then you are missing out on some serious geek pr0n and some information about the future of the industry. Ryan flew to Germany for a visit with Global Foundries. There are a few snaps of the automation system and the clean rooms in which AMD and others have their chips made. He also got some information on how their lineup will change and when we will start to see the new processes start up. It is a must see.
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2009 - 09:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to look unique at the next LANParty you hit, or maybe you are just THAT into Medal of Honor and want to add to the experience, pick up Gameskulls' GS-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet. It is made to resemble the Army's PASGT Ground Troops helmet or the USMC Light Weight Helmet and hides inside a pair of earcups with 50mm drivers and a boom microphone. USB, PS3 and XBox 360
connectors all come in the package, there is no installation software. OCIA did find that ambient noise bounced aroun
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2009 - 07:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cloud computing is either the new Web 2.0 or it is at least how that magical new Web will manage to perform all of the miracles that most CIOs dream of happening ... soon. For the geeks in the trenches it is becoming a nightmare; which is really too bad. The blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of management so upper that it has it's head in the cloud already.
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tessellation is the killer app of DX11, making the jump from DX10 much more impressive than the jump from DX9 to DX10. There is a bit of bad news for HD5xxx owners out there which is the performance hit that comes from the breaking up of large triangles into dozens of tiny ones. In [H]ard|OCP's testing of the Unigine Heaven benchmark they saw a drop of about 40% when they enabled tessellation, but the visual impact is much greater. Check out the screenshots and pay particular attention to how the wire frames change. That huge increase in the amount of polygons is
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2009 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is all about the platform right now; the synergy created between utilizing an AMD CPU, GPU and chipset to allow graphical megatasking. The new VISION platform will come in four different flavours ranging from Basic up to Black offering more features as you move up from the Basic version. Most of the features have to do with HD video encoding and decoding as well as audio, but your gaming experience will also improve. Check out the pictures Ryan took of the laptops and business class desktops in Germany in his full article
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the days of 3DMark03, many gamers who used the benchmark to compare their current tweaks to their own previous results as well as the results of others, there have been many who wished that some of these benchmarks were playable. Finally that wish can come true and in a rather interesting game concept, free fall. Shattered Horizons has been demoed and talked about for quite some time now but finally we are approaching the release date. If you are interested in multiplayer combat without the restriction of a gravity well,
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It would seem that Intel chipsets will not be natively supporting USB 3.0 until sometime in 2011, according to a confirmed rumour you can read about on Engadget. nVIDIA has stepped out of the chipset business, only supporting their current platforms, so you can count them out as well. ALi, SiS and VIA have pretty much backed out of the enthusiast market; which leaves AMD to fill the needs of USB 3.0 fans that want native support. There are no licens
Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CES 2010 is just a hair over 2 months away and is the prime time for nVIDIA to show off Fermi and its processing capabilities
alone or in parallel. Fermi A2 silicon has taped out according to Charlie at SemiAccurate, raising hopes that at least some silicon, perhaps even working, will be shown off sometime between now and the end of CES. We know that TSMC has had yield difficulties with the 40nm process that have not aba
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again. It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating. The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling. For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse.
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs. AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550.
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs.
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SARATOGA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark Corporation today announced a new challenge for PC overclockers everywhere. Utilizing INTEL and GIGABYTE P55 hardware, contestants worldwide will compete in two segments for the overall "OverclocKing" title within multiple prize award categories.
"This is the second annual worldwide OverclocKing competition with over 16,000 entries last year. We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support GIGABYTE overclockers everywhere with this community building competition"
Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 10:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums. If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters. It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one! Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en
Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer. The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth. For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius.
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board. Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech. Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 10:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI. The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic. Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest. Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW. Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs. NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect. Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview. Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it. Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network. Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network. That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 10:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback. That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers. The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked. If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li